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Community nuttery planted by volunteers in Bath

Volunteers planting a community nuttery at Smallcombe Vale, Bath
Volunteers planting a community nuttery at Smallcombe Vale, Bath

Bath has gone completely 'nutty' with the launch of its very own community nuttery.

Some 40 nut trees have been planted by volunteers on National Trust land at Smallcombe Vale, on the route of the popular Bath Skyline walk.

The trees include cobnuts, almonds, sweet chestnuts and walnuts.

It is hoped that the nuttery will encourage local food production and "provide a free resource for local residents" when the nuts are ready for harvesting in three or four years' time.

"In other parts of the region we are creating allotments but near Bath we haven't really got any suitable land to do that, so this is an ideal way we can do something else," said Allan King from The National Trust.

"We look forward to seeing the nuttery develop and produce good crops in future."

The project has been jointly set up by the trust and Transition Bath, a national pressure group which campaigns about climate change and planning changes.

The independent charity Trees for Cities, which helps tree planting projects in urban areas, gave the project a £250 grant.

The National Trust also planted an apple orchard a few years ago on the opposite hill.

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